MachineBuilding.net Technical Articles Index
Selecting roller table motors for the harshest applications
Roller tables used in modern steel mills tend to use individually driven rollers rather than a single group drive such as a chain or belt. Roller tables require special motors with a high dynamic constant, plus a robust overall design to withstand the extreme heat and dirt of a steel mill. Such motors are used throughout the rolling mill on general conveying duties, but on the reversing mill and associated approach tables, the operating duties are extreme with constant stop/starts and instant reversal of directions. Ananda Majumdar of Regal reviews the key points of this critical technology.
Mechanical Design Engineering Handbook, book review
Jon Severn, the Editor of MachineBuilding.net, reviews Mechanical Design Engineering Handbook, 1st Edition, by Peter RN Childs.
Regeneration of energy made simple with DC drives
The ability of DC drives to regenerate energy under braking without the need for complex intermediate storage or power bridges is just one of the benefits of DC technology, says Gary Keen, sales director at Sprint Electric.
Efficient integration of the drivetrain in any industry
Depending on the industry, environment and requirements of any given application, there are many different methods of transferring power from mains supply to machine. But no matter what the layout of the drivetrain, there will always be some approaches that offer smoother integration and better efficiency than others. Bauer supplies electro-mechanical application systems that guarantee every component is hand-picked for the application, and integrated as efficiently as possible.
Why use an automation Change Management System (CMS)
Andy Thorogood, Product Manager at MAC Solutions, explains why it is vital that companies ensure proper safeguards are in place to protect and manage changes to control logic in PLCs, PC-based control systems, SCADA systems, robotic controllers and HMIs.
How to have a customised IPC for the price of a standard IPC
Advantech has published a White Paper that discusses Industrial PC Trends, focusing on the shift from standard IPCs and customised IPCs to configured-to-order IPCs.
Gearbox design delivers savings for wastewater applications
Jim Norton, Technical Manager at Brevini, looks at the requirements of a modern gearbox when operating in the wastewater industry.
New hexapods achieve micron and nanometre accuracy
The latest generation of parallel kinematic positioning systems (hexapods) present a dramatic improvement in the design of robotic positional devices that require extreme high accuracy in the micron and nanometre level. By Jim McMahon.